Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!

 

Roundabout Theatre Company's cast of Death Takes a Holiday met the press and BroadwayWorld.com was there! The new musical, with a book by Peter Stone & Thomas Meehan, music & lyrics by Maury Yeston is directed by Doug Hughes. The cast includes Linda Balgord (Contessa Danielli), Matt Cavenaugh (Eric Fenton), Mara Davi (Alice), Joy Hermalyn (Cora), Jay Jaski (Lorenzo), Simon Jones (Dr. Dario Albione), Rebecca Luker (Duchess Lamberti), Patricia Noonan (Sophia), Julian Ovenden (Prince Sirki / Death), Jill Paice (Grazia), Michael Siberry (Duke Lamberti), Alexandra Socha (Daisy Fenton), Don Stephenson (Fidele), Max Von Essen (Corrado Montelli).

Death Takes a Holiday is based on the dramatic play by Alberto Casella, rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris, and originally produced by Messrs. Shubert.

Death Takes a Holiday will begin performances on Friday, June 10, 2011 and open officially on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). Death Takes a Holiday will play a limited engagement through September 4, 2011. This production marks the second time a new musical has been presented in this theatrical space, following the recent production of The Tin Pan Alley Rag.

The creative team includes Kevin Stites (Musical Direction & Supervision), Peter Pucci (Choreography), Derek McLane (Sets), Catherine Zuber (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights), Jon Weston (Sound) and Tom Watson (Hair & Wigs).

In Death Takes a Holiday, it's just after the first World War and the loneliest of souls arrives at an Italian villa disguised as a handsome young Prince (Ovenden), and for the first time experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman (Paice), the mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death. Directed by Tony® winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), this soaring tale of love is adapted by Tony®-winning writers Peter Stone (1776) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), and features lush, romantic songs by Tony® winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic).

Casssella's play has inspired many recreations of his famous story, in radio, television and film. The 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday was followed by a 1937 airing on Cecil B. Demille's Lux Radio Theatre, a 1971 television production and the 1998 Hollywood remake titled Meet Joe Black.

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street). Ticket prices range from $76-$86. 

Death Takes a Holiday will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre reflects Roundabout's commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $45 million to more than 100 not-for-profit theatre organizations.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!

 

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice & Julian Ovenden

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice & Julian Ovenden

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice & Julian Ovenden

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice & Julian Ovenden

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice, Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Linda Balgord, Max Von Essen

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Jill Paice, Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry, Linda Balgord, Max Von Essen

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, Jill Paice, Alexandra Socha, & Max Von Essen

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, Jill Paice, Alexandra Socha, & Max Von Essen

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Matt Cavenaugh, Mara Davi, Jill Paice, Alexandra Socha, & Max Von Essen

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Linda Balgord & Simon Jones

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Linda Balgord & Simon Jones

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Don Stephenson, Joy Hermalyn, Jay Jaski & Patricia Noonan

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Don Stephenson, Joy Hermalyn, Jay Jaski & Patricia Noonan

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Doug Hughes (Director), Thomas Meehan (Book), Jill Paice, Julian Ovenden & Maury Yeston (Music & Lyrics)

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Doug Hughes (Director), Thomas Meehan (Book), Jill Paice, Julian Ovenden & Maury Yeston (Music & Lyrics)

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
(back row) Simon Jones, Max Von Essen, Michael Siberry, Jill Paice, Julian Ovenden, Patricia Noonan, Jay Jaski (front row) Matt Cavenaugh, Alexandra Socha, Mara Davi, Rebecca Luker, Joy Hermalyn & Linda Balgord

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
(back row) Simon Jones, Max Von Essen, Michael Siberry, Jill Paice, Julian Ovenden, Patricia Noonan, Jay Jaski (front row) Matt Cavenaugh, Alexandra Socha, Mara Davi, Rebecca Luker, Joy Hermalyn & Linda Balgord

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Ensemble cast & creative team

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!
Ensemble Cast & Creative Team

Photo Coverage: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Cast Meets the Press!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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